2024 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix

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Canadian Grand Prix 2023. Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images

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Montréal is the location for round 9 of the 2024 Formula One World Championship. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been the setting for many a fantastic race - here's our preview of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix.

Holding its first Grand Prix back in 1978, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has technical chicanes with very little room for error as well as long straights which tend to promote overtaking and on-track battling. And that is something F1 fans have so far been starved of in 2024.

The track is at the top of many of the drivers' lists for their favourite destinations on the calendar. The high-commitment circuit has walls to punish even the bravest of drivers, as it is technically a street circuit comprised of public roads. Especially the Wall of Champions on the outside of the final chicane has ended many a driver's Grand Prix.

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2011 Canadian Grand Prix, eventually won by McLaren's Jenson Button after four hours and six Safety Car periods. Image: Mark McArdle, Wikimedia Commons, available for distribution under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license

70 laps of the 4.6-kilometer circuit make the Canadian Grand Prix one of the longer events on this year's calendar. Drivers have no the guarantee of a completely dry weekend with the area's unpredictable weather forecasting, either, as the 2011 edition showed in particular. This could spice up the weekend regardless of who is on top after qualifying.

Ocon And Sainz in 2025​

Leaving the principality of Monaco, the news has been fairly slow initially. The major talking point was Esteban Ocon leaving Alpine at the end of the 2024 season. This leaves the Frenchman currently without a seat for 2025. There are several teams with seats potentially open - but is it too little too late?

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Alpine will part ways with Esteban Ocon at the end of 2024. Image: Alpine F1 Content Pool

With Nico Hülkenberg leaving for Sauber/Audi and Kevin Magnussen at the top of the FIA's naughty list, the American outfit Haas is looking likely to open its doors to at least one new driver. Carlos Sainz, who is also chasing a drive for 2025 after being thrown to the roadside in favour of Lewis Hamilton by Ferrari, could also be a fantastic option for the American team. But with either of these two drivers want to go to a team at the back of the field? Especially after the season that Sainz is having in the scarlet car?

Rumours regarding the Spaniard seem to point to Williams, with a contract apparently having been signed already.

Perez Shocks Paddock After Swift Monaco Exit​

Meanwhile, many believed that the writing was on the wall for Sergio Perez at Red Bull. With the team's proven record of ditching drivers swiftly if expectations are not met, fans thought Perez was destined to be just another Red Bull statistic after his Monaco crash that saw him eliminated after not even three corners.

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Sergio Perez's sorry-looking Red Bull at the end of lap 1 in Monaco. Image: Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

However, the Milton Keynes-based team have signed the Mexican on for another two years. A surprise to some, but a welcome show of faith in what is a very cutthroat sport in 2024.

In an interview with Sky Sports after the Monaco Grand Prix, Perez said: "I am delighted to be staying here to continue our journey together. Being part of the team is an immense challenge and one I love. We have a great challenge this year and I have full trust in the whole team that the future is bright here, and I am excited to be part of it."

2026 Formula One Car Regulations Revealed​

Just before the Canadian Grand Prix, Formula One dropped a bombshell on the F1 world by released the highly-anticipated 2026 car regulations.

These regulation changes are designed to drastically change the design of the aerodynamics first and foremost.

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2026 Formula One car render. Image: Formula One

  • All cars will be 30 kg lighter
  • The width of the cars has been reduced by 100mm
  • The cars' wheelbase have been reduced by 200m
  • 18 inch wheels
  • Downforce reduced by a whopping 30%
  • Drag reduced by an even bigger amount, 55%
  • DRS in gone in favour of 'Active Aero'
  • Reduced ground effect
  • All-wheel arches have been removed

These changes are quite significant compared to where the cars are now, especially with active aerodynamics coming in in favour of DRS. With Audi taking over from Sauber in 2026 as well, the grid will look very very different to what you are currently used to seeing. Let us know in the comments what you think about the new regulations!

When to watch the action (UTC)​

Friday, June 7
Practice 1:
17:30 - 18:30
Practice 2: 21:00 - 22:00

Saturday, June 8
Practice 3:
16:30 - 17:30
Qualifying:
20:00 - 21:00

Sunday, June 9
Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada 2024:
18:00

Who are you supporting in this weekend's action in the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix? Let us know in the poll above and down in the comments below!
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Really looking forward to this weekend to see how competitive red bull ferrari and mclaren are gonna be, at montreal we usually have great races, and considering the high possibility of race, looks promising.
 
Maybe we gonna watch a raining race this sunday!
It sures looks like this. The weather has been very uncertain here in Montreal since yesterday. It was very hot and humid until yesterday, and then we got torrential rain in the evening. There was a thunderstorm just before FP1. Outlook for qualifying is possible showers or thunderstorms, probably the same for the race, temperatures around 20 celsius. Could be an eventful weekend, expect some interesting tyre strategies.
 
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The new reg's for the dimensions is an 'up yours' to the fans that think the cars are too big, that'll be it for a few years now, I simply can't understand the mentality that drives these rules.
I guess someone is taking the statement "a good big un is better than a good little un" a bit to seriously.
 
The new reg's for the dimensions is an 'up yours' to the fans that think the cars are too big, that'll be it for a few years now, I simply can't understand the mentality that drives these rules.
I guess someone is taking the statement "a good big un is better than a good little un" a bit to seriously.
You say that, but aparently even that is too much for the teams, who are due to meet tomorrow to push back against even the meager reduction put forward...
 
Max and sidepodgate lol at one stage everyone in both garages are watching them trying to remove it :p
 
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The new regs are awful at most fronts. It's either bad deas, or good ones that are long overdue and implemented in such a lukewarm way that they account for little. Tombazis's statements make it even worse. Teams rejecting the announcement outright and threatening a withdraw (something that was not even close to happen when the 2022 package was defined) move it to the unprofessional field.
 
The new regs are awful at most fronts. It's either bad deas, or good ones that are long overdue and implemented in such a lukewarm way that they account for little. Tombazis's statements make it even worse. Teams rejecting the announcement outright and threatening a withdraw (something that was not even close to happen when the 2022 package was defined) move it to the unprofessional field.
Agreed...

They are definitely what should of been done for 2014... Not 2026...

The biggest problem is the replacement of the overtaking aid being another handicapping one... Active aero could do a lot for how close the car behind can run... They could of focused on improving the cars ability to stay close...
 
I love the older version of this track in the sims, they borked it with safety issues again on the last chicane, it was epic that last chicane back in the day.
 
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I love the older version of this track in the sims, they borked it with safety issues again on the last chicane, it was epic that last chicane back in the day.
You mean the one used until 1990? Yeah, that was a wild ride! Serious "threading the needle" stuff at close to flat out speeds.

The curved back straight was fun, too, but for racing, I think the current one without the sweeps is a bit better, although less fun to drive.
 
The new regs are awful at most fronts. It's either bad deas, or good ones that are long overdue and implemented in such a lukewarm way that they account for little. Tombazis's statements make it even worse. Teams rejecting the announcement outright and threatening a withdraw (something that was not even close to happen when the 2022 package was defined) move it to the unprofessional field.
At least they are getting rid of DRS, so that’s good.

As for threatening to leave, I am not worried about that one bit. Teams periodically say that, but what else are they going to do? Start a breakaway series? It worked so well for Indycar in the late nineties…
 
At least they are getting rid of DRS, so that’s good.

As for threatening to leave, I am not worried about that one bit. Teams periodically say that, but what else are they going to do? Start a breakaway series? It worked so well for Indycar in the late nineties…
They are not getting rid of DRS, it's just being replaced with a P2P system tied to the active aero. The closer you look at this package, the worse it is.
 
They are not getting rid of DRS, it's just being replaced with a P2P system tied to the active aero. The closer you look at this package, the worse it is.
P2P is a lot better than DRS, I've been hoping for years that F1 would remove DRS for P2P.
 
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Hamilton qualifying king P7 in the fastest car. Again destroyed bij Russel. HAM vs RUS 1-8
 

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